Bristol Post

£10k fine for street party organisers


PEOPLE who organised a Bristol street party after England’s semi-final win on Wednesday have been slapped with a £10,000 fine.

Avon and Somerset Police were called to the Gloucester Road area after reports of loud music coming from two houses.

More than 200 people had gathered outside and were blocking the road. Officers went into one of the houses and issued the hefty fine to its occupants for breaching Covid rules.

Supt Mark Runacres said: “Officers accessed one of the properties and the occupants were issued with a £10,000 fixed penalty notice for breaching Covid-19 legislatio­n and sound equipment was seized.

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify and issue an equivalent fixed penalty notice to those responsibl­e for playing the loud music from the second property.

“It’s so positive to see the vast majority of people celebratin­g the incredible achievemen­ts of the England football team responsibl­y, but unlicensed music events cannot be tolerated.”

The police officer added that the parties had caused “significan­t disruption” to people living nearby and had “put public safety at risk”.

And speaking about Sunday’s final, he said: “We have wellpracti­sed plans in place for the conclusion of the tournament this weekend, including highvisibi­lity proactive patrols, to allow people to enjoy themselves but more importantl­y, to stay safe.

“We fully understand people’s desire to watch the Euro 2020 final with friends and family.

“Few people have been able to attend games or socialise and watch matches together over the past year and we’re not trying to stop people having fun.

“However, we would ask the public and businesses to make sure they continue to comply with legal restrictio­ns around Covid-19 and follow the current health advice.”

Elsewhere in the city on Wednesday night, a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a car was damaged in Nelson Street.

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